Photo by Melody
If you're looking for the today's articles, look no further than here!

PlantFiles: Coleus, Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle
Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Black Dragon'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solenostemon (sol-en-oh-STEM-on) (Info)
Species: scutellarioides (skew-tell-ar-ee-OH-ih-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Dragon

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

» View all varieties of Coleus

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

22 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Click thumbnail
to view:

By kniphofia
Thumbnail #1 of Solenostemon scutellarioides by kniphofia

By bloomoon
Thumbnail #2 of Solenostemon scutellarioides by bloomoon

By bloomoon
Thumbnail #3 of Solenostemon scutellarioides by bloomoon

By RosinaBloom
Thumbnail #4 of Solenostemon scutellarioides by RosinaBloom

By revclaus
Thumbnail #5 of Solenostemon scutellarioides by revclaus

By hankpage
Thumbnail #6 of Solenostemon scutellarioides by hankpage

By Eliza
Thumbnail #7 of Solenostemon scutellarioides by Eliza

There are a total of 16 photos.
Click here to view them all!


3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive torrea On Sep 13, 2012, torrea from New Bedford, MA wrote:

I grabbed a black dragon cause I had never seen anything like it,also its my first year with potted plants and a garden,I replanted my black dragon in a slightly bigger pot and left it on the the front porch for the last 2-3 months and its just beautiful it's gotten bigger and very tall and blooms pretty blue little "flowers"! Now I'm so happy to know I can bring it inside now that summers over,thanks!!! Only water 2-3x a week (depends on the size and it was in the sun only 3,or so hours a day!

Positive darylmitchell On Oct 23, 2006, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

Bought as bedding plants, I planted these in several locations. Two went in a container in full sun, one in a container in shade and one in the ground in shade. The plants in sun grow bigger and fuller, although that may have also been from fertilizer. The foliage also had more of a dark red hue. However, they were also blow around by strong winds and were slightly flattened before new growth pointed back upward. The shady plants grew slowly and remained mainly black in colour.

Positive Terry On Jul 3, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grew this from seed this year, and so far, it's done great. I've had to pinch out the flower shoots a few times but other than that, it's very easy to care for.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oroville East, California
Richmond, California
San Diego, California
Bartow, Florida
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Sylvania, Georgia
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Niles, Illinois
Olathe, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Waterville, Maine
Halifax, Massachusetts
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Mathiston, Mississippi
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Coos Bay, Oregon
North Charleston, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Woodway, Texas
Spokane, Washington

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America